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Wednesday Caps Clips: Twenty-Two Debut

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Coach Trotz marks a milestone, GM MacLellan explains himself, Shattenkirk plays his first game as a Cap and more.

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  • Congrats are in order for Caps head coach Barry Trotz. The win last night was his 700th NHL victory as bench boss, and brings him into the exclusive company of only five other men who have achieved this milestone. Also, he can still score on Vezina-winning goaltenders. [NHL.com, CSNMA, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • ... and his new team was “quietly confident” about his arrival and his role on the squad. [CSNMA]
  • Our boss talks with Calgary radio folk about what the deal might mean to the team going forward. [Rink]
  • Fortunately, he was able to have family and friends along for this start of a new journey. [NYDN]
  • “I thought, if there was one guy we were going to pursue that could make our team better, it was him.” Caps GM Brian MacLellan held a conference call on Tuesday to discuss the trade. [Rink, NoVa Caps, WaPo, CSNMA, Puck Daddy]
  • How did Kevin Shattenkirk land with the Capitals? Injuries and opportunity. [WaPo]
  • The time is now and this trade is the team’s announcement that This Is The Year... [SI, WaPo (Svrluga, Boswell), THN, NHL.com (Rosen), AP (Whyno)]
  • ... and also, We Are Coming For You, Penguins. [Puck Daddy]
  • Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Brian MacLellan. [NoVa Caps]
  • How Shattenkirk can make the already dangerous Caps even dangerouser, by the numbers. [Sportsnet, NHL.com, WaPo, TSN.ca]
  • The Caps were already so good this trade could be considered... a depth move? [TSN]
  • Our division rivals in Manhattan are debating Shattenkirk - did they miss an opportunity by not chasing him harder here at the deadline? Or perhaps they should really be retooling for next year. Either way, the new-look Caps are terrifying.
  • Pheonix Copley will be very welcome upon his return to Hershey. Coach Mann already has him slotted as the Bears’ number-one goalie. [instaud.io, Chocolate Hockey]
  • From the Where Are They Now? files, former Caps legend Joé Juneau has been bringing hockey to the Inuit children in farthest arctic reaches of Quebec. But now his programs are in danger thanks to tribal and provincial politics, and the attendant budget cuts. [Toronto Star]
  • Finally, happy 35th birthday to Brian Sutherby.